Assault with a deadly glue gun - Winston, Lois
Summary: When Anastasia Pollack's gambling-addicted husband permanently cashes in his chips in Vegas, her life craps out. Anastasia's job as crafts editor at American woman magazine makes life even stickier when she discovers the dead body of über-ambitious fashion editor Marlys Vandenburg hot-glued to Anastasia's office chair. When evidence surfaces of an illicit affair between Marlys and Anastasia's husband, Anastasia becomes the prime suspect. Can she sew up the case and keep herself out of jail before the real killer puts a permanent end to her investigation?
*Starred Review* Anastasia Pollack has more problems in a matter of days than most people have in two or three lifetimes. First, her husband Karl, a secret gambling addict, dies at a Las Vegas roulette table; his "loan" from the Mob is due, and a thug named Ricardo will stop at nothing to collect it. Then Karl's militantly Marxist mother Lucille's house is torched while she and her evil bulldog, Manifesto, recuperate at Anastasia's home after being hit by a car. Suddenly widowed, Anastasia's DAR mother, Flora Sudberry Periwinkle Ramirez Scoffield Goldberg O'Keefe, shows up with her persnickety Persian cat, Catherine the Great. Naturally, Lucille and Flora and their pets all hate one another. Things are even worse at work. The crafts editor for a popular woman's magazine, Anastasia becomes a prime murder suspect when the most hated staff member is killed. Winston has hit a home run with this hilarious, laugh-until-your-sides-hurt tale. Oddball characters, uproariously funny situations, and a heroine with a strong sense of irony will delight fans of Janet Evanovich, Jess Lourey, and Kathleen Bacus. May this be the first of many in Winston's Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.